Design by Val by Valerie Cheers Brown

I really don’t know why the name Design by Val… came to mind, but it did!  “Design by Val Go Green Products,” just stood out and the word design was somewhat magical and made it seem like it was already done!

“Design is one of the most powerful forces in our lives, whether or not we are aware of it, and can also be inspiring, empowering and enlightening,” states Alice Rawsthorn, design critic for The International New York Times.

“The ancient Egyptians formed the first of the great classical civilizations. While most of Europe was still in the Stone Age, the Egyptians were building palaces, studying mathematics and writing on papyrus. They were great builders and great artists, drawing the inspiration for their art from nature. Complex social and religious structure was in place. The Egyptians kept books of accounts and recorded history; their children played with carved wooden toys with moving parts. The presence of stools, chests, footrests, small cabinets, small tables, and even vase stands, points to a fairly high level of organisation in living arrangements.

“Chinese ancient furniture features profound cultural facts and superb craftsmanship. The furniture was mostly made from precious wood, in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1616-1911) dynasties. It is widely recognized as the best, because furniture before the Ming Dynasty did not survive wars and time, traditional Chinese furniture craftsmanship did not reach its zenith until the Ming Dynasty. Chinese furniture was usually lacquered red or black and then painted, and often carved and sometimes inlaid with other materials such as precious stones, Ming Dynasty furniture is known for its simplicity with sparse lines and little decoration.  Qing furniture emphasizes detail and extravagance. Furniture from southern China tends to be very elaborate northern furniture is big, heavy and grand.”

“There are many great Romantic artists but the most prominent ones of the Romantic era were the French Eugene Delacroix, the English William Turner, and the Spanish Francisco Goya.”

God’s design in our life was important and for example the design for marriage.

With a Christ-centered relationship, an other-centered attitude and an unwavering commitment to making it work, your marriage can flourish — just as God designed.

Did you that God designed you before birth?

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are they works, and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.  How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God? how great is the sum of them. Psalm 139:14-17

Even Steve Jobs was passionate to the point of obsessive about design and insisted that his computers looked perfect inside and out.

Steve Jobs also said, “Sometimes a design can be so sleek and simple that a user finds it intimidating or unfriendly to navigate. “The main thing in our design is that we have to make things intuitively obvious,” Jobs told the crowd of design mavens. For example, he extolled the desktop metaphor he was creating for the graphical screen of his new computer, the Macintosh. “People know how to deal with a desktop intuitively. If you walk into an office, there are papers on the desk. The one on the top is the most important. People know how to switch priority. Part of the reason we model our computers on metaphors like the desktop is that we can leverage this experience people already have.”

One of the basics of the importance of design is for differentiation of products or services.

My opinion is that every other importance of design comes back to this. You have to look different so people can tell you apart from the competition.

One could say that the quality of the product or service is what should differentiate each one, but for a first time consumer or customer design is the only way of knowing what your options “look like.”

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